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Who Watches The Media?

New research conducted by All Together Now and University of Technology Sydney has found that 62 opinion based reports potentially breached at least one of the media Codes of Conduct due to racism. 

The full research findings are available at alltogethernow.org.au/media-monitoring.

Priscilla Brice, the Managing Director of not-for-profit organisation All Together Now said, “Among the publications we tracked during this six-month study, negative portrayals of race were most frequently published on News Corp’s online newspapers Daily Telegraph, The Australian and Herald-Sun.”

The research conducted between January to July this year, found that Muslims were mentioned in more than half of the opinion pieces, and more than twice as many times as any other single group mentioned. Of these, 63% of reports about Muslims were framed negatively.

“Anecdotally, we know that negative portrayals of Muslims in the media is having adverse effects in communities, with Muslim families (and particularly women wearing hijab or other head coverings) being victimised. All Together Now’s research provides data to show that of the highest-rated news outlets, News Corp is the primary perpetrator. News Corp has a lot of work to do to improve their editorial policies to ensure their journalists don’t target people based on their race, nationality, religion or other cultural attributes.”

The study focused on opinion-based articles published by the four most-watched current affairs TV programs, and the four most-read newspapers nationally, as determined by ratings agencies.

Currently, under some media regulations, audiences have only thirty days in which to make a complaint. The research report recommends that this deadline be removed to allow audiences to make complaints about racist media content at any time, and for the definition of racism be broadened in the Codes of Conduct to include covert forms of racism.

It also recommends that news agencies support journalists to discuss race sensitively. They can do this by providing training, recruiting more journalists of colour, and ensuring that their editorial policies are racially aware.

The full research findings are available at alltogethernow.org.au/media-monitoring.

Racism in Australia in 2014

All Together Now has created an infographic with the key findings from the 2014 Mapping Social Cohesion report.

scanlon social cohesion

Each year the Scanlon Foundation commissions research to measure Australian attitudes on social cohesion, immigration and population issues.

The research shows the levels of racism in Australia compared to previous years. During the past year, 18% of people experienced discrimination based on skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. This is a small decrease from 19% last year, but a huge increase from 9% in 2007.

Alarmingly, 5% of people living in Australia – over 1.1 million people – experience racism at least once a month. People are most likely to experience racism in their neighbourhood, at the shopping centre, or at work.

The research also found that around 25-30% of Australians are intolerant of cultural diversity. All Together Now optimistically believes that people in this group won’t necessarily hold these intolerant beliefs for life. They tend to make racist comments because they over-estimate the number of people around them who agree with their point of view. When bystanders speak up  during a racist incident, the perpetrator learns that their view is not shared by others and is less likely to say something racist in the future.

Australia is one of the most multicultural nations in the world. More than 1 in 4 Australians were born overseas. Let’s increase social cohesion in our country by making all Australians feel welcome. You can start improving social cohesion by speaking up when you witness racism.

Summary of ATN x Churchill Fellowship

This year, Priscilla Brice, receiver of the 2013 Churchill Fellowship and Managing Director of All Together Now, researched the factors which make non-profit racism prevention initiatives effective in Poland, Belgium, France, UK, and USA.

One of the most notable findings was the extent to which the socio-political will to address racism in a country affects the success of antiracism activities in that country. Socio-political will impacts on the number and type of funding options available, the types of actions that not-for-profit organisations choose to take, and the way in which the media reports on racism and its manifestations.

There are some very effective initiatives and common tactics to be found on both sides of the North Atlantic that Australia can learn from. Of highest importance is having a sustained and long-term commitment to achieving racial equality by working in cross-sector partnerships to create practical solutions that are evidence-based.

The full report on her findings can be download from the Churchill Fellowship website.
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Churchill Fellowship is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It is based on the report: Brice, P. 2014, A study into the factors which make non-profit racism prevention initiatives effective, 2013 Churchill Report, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Canberra.

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All Together Now is a not-for-profit organisation. If you have found this infographic useful, please make a donation of $25 to help us continue to create more like this one.

Global strategies for racial equality

You may remember that back in July ’13 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate the factors that make non-profit racism prevention initiatives effective. So earlier this year I travelled to USA, England, France, Poland, and Belgium to learn from some of the most effective antiracism programs around the world

Since I’ve been back I’ve written a report on my findings, which you can download from the Churchill Fellowship website.

In summary, Australia needs to have a sustained and long-term commitment to achieving racial equality by working in cross-sector partnerships to create practical solutions that are evidence-based. All Together Now has been working in this way since 2010 and continues to seek the support of journalists, funders and activists to support this work to make it possible:

  • Journalists can help by focusing their reporting on why racism happens and exploring potential solutions to creating racial justice.
  • Both governmental and philanthropic funders can help by creating grants specifically for racial equality work.
  • Individual activists can help by approaching antiracism actions in a non-violent manner and keeping the conversation about racism constructive.

My report contains recommendations to All Together Now’s board based on what I learned during the Fellowship. The recommendations – should they be approved – will improve All Together Now’s approach to racism prevention. Recommendations include

  • providing training for teachers and front-line workers;
  • providing training for activists and other volunteers;
  • supporting governmental bodies by encouraging individuals and organisations to report racially-motivated incidences; and
  • continuing to reduce recruitment by white supremacists.

All Together Now’s Board of Directors will make a  statement in response to these recommendations once they have been fully considered.

Proposed changes to racial vilification laws

All Together Now is concerned about the proposed racial vilification laws which the government released yesterday.

We believe this draft falls short of balancing freedom from racial vilification with freedom of speech. Currently the Racial Discrimination Act — which has been an effective piece of legislation for nearly 20 years — balances these two freedoms under Section 18C and 18D. Yet the new proposal grants too much freedom for people to offend, insult, or humiliate people on the basis of their race. It will severely weaken protection from racial discrimination which particularly affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are particularly concerned that section 2(b) of the proposal focuses on physical harm while ignoring the psychological damage that many targets of racism experience. Australian research has found that a range of health problems including high blood pressure and heart disease, depression, anxiety, low birth rate and premature birth can all be caused directly by people’s personal experiences of racism.

By focussing on physical harm, sections 1 and 2 of the proposal ignores the fact that the most common types of racism experienced in Australia are racist talk and exclusion on the basis of race, ethnicity or cultural background according to the ongoing Challenging Racism research project.

Finally, the new proposal “does not apply to words, sounds, images or writing spoken, broadcast, published or otherwise communicated in the course of participating in the public discussion of any political, social, cultural, religious, artistic, academic or scientific matter.” Given these very broad exemptions, we are left asking in what circumstance racial vilification or intimidation would be unlawful.

As we stated last week, the Challenging Racism project announced new research findings that nearly 80% of Australians support the current laws against racial vilification. 2,100 respondents were asked whether it should be unlawful to humiliate, insult, offend or intimidate someone according to their race, with the results showing:

  • Offend – 66% of participants agreed or strongly agreed it should be unlawful
  • Insult – 72% of participants agreed or strongly agreed it should be unlawful
  • Humiliate – 74% of participants agreed or strongly agreed it should be unlawful
  • Intimidate – 79% of participants agreed or strongly agreed it should be unlawful

All Together Now will continue to analyse the draft Bill in more detail to fully consider its potential impacts. We strongly encourage individuals and organisations concerned about this proposal to make a Submission before 30 April. Diversity is one of Australia’s strengths, and we pride ourselves on the success of multiculturalism in this country. Lets not forget the Racial Discrimination Act as it currently stands has been an important foundation for this success and this is why it is key for such protections to remain.

How racism hurts kids

Recently, six academic researchers released an international systematic review on the relationship between racism and health for children and young people. All Together Now produced this infographic based on the report, showing how racism hurts kids.

When children are teased or bullied because of their race, or they see a family member experiencing racism, it hurts them.  As a result of racism, they can experience a range of health impacts including poor health & wellbeing; emotional and behavioural problems; and impaired cognitive development.  Later in life the effects of racism on adults include restricted access to employment, housing and education; negative thoughts; and physical injury from racist violence.


Creative Commons LicenseHow racism hurts kids by All Together Now is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953612007927: Priest, N., Paradies, Y., Trenerry, B., Truong, M., Karlsen, S., Kelly, Y., A systematic review of studies examining the relationship between reported racism and health and wellbeing for children and young people, Social Science & Medicine 95 (2013) 115-127.

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